Every day is a Mother’s Day for 65-year-old Lim Lay Hoon and her son Choong Boon Keat, 38.
The mother only gets to see her son for about 45 minutes each morning before he is sent to a recycling centre in Bayan Lepas, Penang, to collect recyclable materials from residential areas.
Both are volunteers at Eden Handicap Service Centre.
Her son is mentally disabled after a bout of high fever when he was five.
“He is very obedient and protective of me, and that is good enough for me.
“I am also happy to be able to see him before he heads off for work daily,” she said at the Eden Handicap Service Centre in Jalan Sir Hussein on Friday.
Her son has been living with his aunt for about 20 years.
“Back then, I had to manage my char koay teow stall in Ayer Itam and no one could take care of him, so we had to live apart,” she added.
She said her son was unable to wish her ‘Happy Mother’s Day’, or celebrate the day like most children due to his condition.
“But I know that he loves me even though he could not express it properly.
“Sometimes when people raise their voices towards me, he would scold them or tell them off,” she said.